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LAW3015 : Environmental Law

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sakshi Sakshi
  • Lecturer: Dr Anna McClean
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 160 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide an overview of:

• The definition of environmental law and its historical background, fundamental concepts, environmental principles, and environmental rights
• The legal framework and regulatory regimes for the protection of the environment in the UK
• The role and rights of the public in environmental decision-making
• Integrated themes – international and EU law and environmental protection; environmental justice; challenges

Outline Of Syllabus

11 lecture topics:

•       Introduction to environmental law (2 hours)
•       Environmental institutions (1 hour)
•       The implications of Brexit (1 hour)
•       Environmental permitting (2 hours)
•       Contaminated land (1 hour)
•       Waste management (1 hour)
•       Water law (2 hours)
•       Regulation of land use (planning law and conservation) (2 hours)
•       Private law (nuisance, negligence, trespass) (2 hours)
•       Climate change (2 hours)
•       The role and rights of the public in environmental decision-making (2 hours)
•       International environmental law (1 hour)
•       Environmental justice (1 hour)
•       Challenges (1 hour)
•       Revision/assessment preparation (1 hour)

5 seminars:

•       Environmental principles
•       Environmental permitting; contamination
•       Waste and water law
•       Regulation of land use
•       Climate change; rights of the public

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities1141:00141:00Reading, seminar preparation and other independent learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures establish the framework for knowledge and techniques for analysis of the law. The small group teaching allows for detailed application of the knowledge and techniques by the students. The guided independent study takes the form of directed reading and tasks to consolidate and expand on the lectures, prepare for the small group teaching, and prepare for complete the assessment. These teaching methods promote knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and allow for development of skills in reading and analysing the law, and developing and communicating a clear argument.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1003000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2M500 word essay plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessed coursework will give students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their research skills and their understanding of the operation of environmental law. Students will be expected to present a coherent argument supported by law, policy and academic discussion. The coursework will give the students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of one of the topics studied in the module, as well as develop their research and analytical skills. The formative 500 word essay outline will allow students to develop their research skills and plan for the summative assessment.

Reading Lists